Yoruba Leaders Blow Hot Over The Killing Of Afenifere Leaders Daughter, Funke Olakurin
The death of Funke Olakurin, daughter if Pa Fasoranti (Leader of the Pan-Yoruba Group Afenifere), who was killed by herdsmen on Benin-Ore road on Friday, has continued to generate outbursts from Yoruba elderstatesmen, one of which is the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land Gani Adams. Gani Adams, has reacted to Funke’s death by saying that Yoruba’s were not bereft of ideas of how to stop herdsmen attacks in the South West.
In a statement that was issued by Gani’s his Media Assistant, Kehinde Aderemi, and which was obtained by Tthe CableNG in Abuja. He said, “We only want the whole world to know what has been done and being done to our people. They should be aware of the actions that preceded our reaction when it eventually comes. We are not bereft of ideas of how to stop this criminality on our land. It is just so that we should not be blamed when the reaction comes. We are like the proverbial goat that is being chased. When it gets to the wall, it will certainly react. We are at that stage now.”
Adams went further and described the actions of the Fulani herdsmen “Yoruba people are not paper tigers and dogs who can only bark without biting.” He also disclosed that leaders in Yorubaland have discussed the security challenges facing the South-West, and they have included the state governors so that they can conclude and agree on the security summit process.
Adams called on the Yoruba monarchs to take drastic steps to eliminate the menace of herdsmen in their communities. And this they can achieve easily if they set up a process to identify strangers and new settlers in their midst.
Also, former president of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo has also condemned the killing of Funke Olakunrin. Obasanjo sent a condolence message to Pa Fasoranti, and said “Nigeria as a whole is diminished by the manner of Funke’s death”. He also said the government had a responsibility to ensure that the perpetrators are caught and justice served.
He also urged them to take urgent steps in curtailing all forms of insecurity in the country.
“I received, today, the tragic news of the death of your beloved daughter, Mrs. Funke Olakunri, who was killed by some suspected Fulani herdsmen,” Obasanjo wrote.
“This is a worrisome development in our polity, especially, at a time when all well-meaning Nigerians are preaching tolerance and political accommodation in national politics. I must say Nigeria as a whole is diminished by the manner of Funke’s death.
“We deplore this dastardly act and seize this opportunity to call on governments at all levels, to leave no stone unturned in ensuring that our security agents vigorously pursue and find the perpetrators of such heinous crime, and make them face the full weight of the law. We must, together, find solution to all acts of insecurity in the country, particularly acts of banditry, kidnapping, robbery and killing by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
“As you mourn the tragic loss of our very dear Funke, please be assured of the sympathy and profound sorrow of many others like me, who are saddened by the manner of her demise, especially as she still had a lot to contribute to the nation and her family to which she was highly devoted.
“Let me also implore you to be strong for the entire family. I pray that God Himself will comfort you and sustain the whole family in this hour of painful trial. And may the soul of the dear departed rest in perfect peace.
“Because I have to be in Morocco, I am sending a delegation of Otunba Oluwole Fasawe and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola with this letter, and to personally deliver my condolence.”
The death of Funke has caused various ethnic groups to throw accusations at each other. While the Yoruba’s believe she was killed by herdsmen, Tinubu, APC chieftains has said the Ibos are responsible for her murder.
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